October 10, 2017 09:11 PM
DULUTH - Midwest Medical Examiners have identified the body discovered in a storm sewer near the Lakewalk as 50-year-old William Robert Saker. Saker was reported missing to the Duluth Police Department on March 13.
Police arrived on the Lakewalk near Endion Station shortly after 1:00 p.m. on the afternoon of Thursday, September 28, after public works department employees discovered the body while doing routine maintenance on a nearby storm sewer.
It took officials a few hours to eventually pull the remains out of a manhole along the Lakewalk.
"It's pretty shocking. You come here to get away from all that stuff," said Myles Summers, a Duluth community member. Summers says he walks on the Lakewalk every day.
A roughly 500-foot section of the Lakewalk near where the body was discovered was closed during the recovery process.
Police have not indicated how long the body may have been there.
Crews eventually left the scene shortly after 5:30 p.m. and reopened the Lakewalk to the public.
Dan Chicos, Duluth Police Department Lieutenant, says authorities hope for the best when approaching these investigations.
"When we take these type of investigations, we enter it with a mindset that we are going to find these individuals alive and well, so we can return them to their loved ones," said Chicos.
Duluth police, fire, public works employees, and the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department assisted in recovery efforts.
Toxicology results will determine the manner and cause of death. Authorities are still trying to figure out how the body got in the sewer in the first place, and they say foul play is not suspected.
Updated: October 10, 2017 09:11 PM
Created: September 28, 2017 02:15 PM
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